Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/16/2019 - 14:00
40% of power bought at a fixed price while 60% a market-based price that is renegotiated every two years Melbourne has become the first city in Australia to have all of its council-owned infrastructure powered by renewable energy. The City of Melbourne switched all its operations to renewable energy on 1 January. The power is supplied by the Crowlands windfarm near Ararat in western Victoria, which was funded through a power purchase agreement with the City of Melbourne and 13 other Melbourne councils and institutions. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 14:00
Kew scientists’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world’s most popular form of coffee, researchers say. Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. They are threatened by climate change and the loss of natural habitat, as well as by the spread of diseases and pests. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 13:55
Greenpeace sceptical about corporate polluters as alliance launched to reduce waste The scourge of plastic waste in the world’s oceans is the target of a new global alliance of businesses which says it will try to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced and improve recycling. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, launched on Wednesday, includes companies producing consumer goods and plastic, as well as waste management and recycling firms. Among more than 25 companies joining the effort are household names such as Procter & Gamble, Shell, BASF and ExxonMobil. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 13:37
Ocean Leadership ~ Join the Ocean Education Team at the National Museum of Natural History to help in the design, implementation and evaluation of public programs and volunteer support efforts focused on the museum’s Sant Ocean Hall themes. The Ocean Education Team is a dynamic group whose mission is to connect visitors to ocean science and scientists through the Sant Ocean Hall exhibit and Q?rius Education Center; volunteer facilitated objects and carts; scientist-led Expert is In programs; live feeds with research vessels; and marine and climate themed events. Two selected interns will gain experience in a wide range of informal education strategies. Details can be found: https://www.smithsonianofi.com/ocean-education-internship/ APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday February 1, 2018 This is a 30 hrs/week for 6 weeks PAID internship. The post Ocean Education Internship, National Museum of Natural History (Feb. 01) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
01/16/2019 - 12:33
Dan Little, a retired forest service worker, took matters into his own hands when the shutdown left his local wilderness a mess The longest ever government shutdown has left US national parks chronically understaffed, with grim consequences: messy toilets, broken Joshua trees, and unsupervised campers. Related: Keeping US national parks open during the shutdown is a terrible mistake | Jonathan B Jarvis Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 11:34
Government admits process that allowed Pont Valley site to begin operating was flawed The government is to review a decision to allow open-cast coal mining in a valley in County Durham. Lawyers for the government have written to campaigners to say their decision-making was flawed and agreed to look again. The mine in the Pont Valley, known as Bradley, began operating last year after four decades of opposition. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 08:19
As part of London store trial greengrocers will also offer tips on how to prevent food waste Marks & Spencer is to start selling more than 90 lines of loose fruit and vegetables free of all plastic packaging, in a trial that will put the traditional greengrocer back on the shop floor and revive the use of paper bags. As the retailer steps up its drive to reduce plastics, shoppers at its store in Tolworth, south-west London, will be able to pick their own loose produce displayed in two separate aisles. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 07:48
Charities and government officials intervene at Ramsgate port in Kent to prevent animals’ journey time exceeding legal limits Animal welfare charities have backed calls by the RSPCA to substantially reduce journey times for live exports as the government considers a ban on the practice after Brexit. The RSPCA has appealed to the EU Commission after a lorry was stopped at a UK port by the charity along with other campaigners and government officials on 10 January. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 06:00
Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The key to the measurements is the oceans. Oceans absorb more than 90% of the heat that results from greenhouse gases, so if you want to measure global warming you really have to measure ocean warming. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 06:00
Activists fight to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which endangers an ecosystem that is one of the most important bird habitats in the western hemisphere Deep within the humid green heart of the largest river swamp in North America, a battle is being waged over the future of the most precious resource of all: water. On one side of the conflict is a small band of rugged and ragtag activists led by Indigenous matriarchs. On the other side is the relentless machinery of the fossil fuel industry and all of its might. And at the center of the struggle is the Atchafalaya river, a 135 mile-long distributary of the Mississippi river that empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading...